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    Published on 04-17-2019 02:07 PM
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    Day Two delivered a Caribbean-perfect easterly 15-17 knots for the 10th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille for the 1,000+ sailors to complete one distance race between 21 – 34 miles dependent upon their class. While too early to place any bets, patterns are forming across seven of the nine classes with consistent 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. But as a Maxi collision and a Multi pre-start protest today demonstrate, no lead is safe. Here is today’s recap ...
    Published on 04-16-2019 01:19 PM
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    Picture-perfect conditions greeted the fleets to kickstart the 10th anniversary edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille
    as the nine classes raced around the west side of St. Barth on racecourses ranging from 24 – 36 nautical miles in 15 – 20 knots of breeze.



    all images © 2019 Copyright Les Voiles de St Barth 2019








    Of the 2019 entries, almost 30 percent are first-timers, a sure sign of this regatta’s popularity known for delivering the perfect
    blend of great racing, gorgeous scenery and the St. Barth signature relaxed shoreside atmosphere.

    “Everything about this regatta is so nice,” said Marijn ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 03:24 PM
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    Testing of Early Prototype of the Pedal Drive system




    The team went through many iterations of its Pedal Drive, every time learning about what is needed for the next iteration. The first time we installed it, we confirmed that there was thrust, that perhaps we needed a slightly bigger gear and ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 02:35 PM
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    Germany's Tim Fischer and Fabian Graf got off to a perfect start in the Men's Skiff - 49er as the first ever Hempel World Cup Series event in Italy commenced in Genoa with racing in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17.

    In a split 65-boat 49er pack, the Germans won both of the day's races in the blue fleet and were the standout performers on day one. Meanwhile, in the yellow fleet, New Zealand's Isaac McHardie and William McKenzie picked up a race win and a second to occupy the second podium spot in the early stages ...
    Published on 04-15-2019 09:32 AM
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    Sperry Charleston Race Week concluded in spectacular fashion with strong winds producing exciting action and several classes being decided during the last race.

    VX One, J/88, Viper 640, Melges 24 and ORC C were the windward-leeward classes that went down to the wire. Winners for five of the six Pursuit Hybrid and Pursuit Race, which were unable to complete any racing on Saturday, were also determined on Sunday. Mike Bruno said following Friday’s racing that he’s been jinxed at Sperry Charleston Race Week, suffering problems that prevented podium finishes in 2018 and 2017. The Armonk, New York resident thought his bad luck would be extended when Wings was ruled on-course-side in Race 9 and had to restart.

    “We came into the day saying we were going to be conservative and not make any mistakes then we got tangled up with another boat at the start and right out of the gate we were over early,” ...
    Published on 04-14-2019 11:45 AM
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    After a recent, shall we say disagreement earlier in the year at SDYC Midwinters had left the PAC52 Class
    in a state of unsureness, with RIO opting out and vowing to race instead in the handicap TP52 division at the second stop
    of the PAC 52 West Coast Championship Series, the class looked very much in flux.

    Yet Friday's results and photos from the event, showed RIO indeed back in the fleet after last minute negotiations put her back
    in the PAC52 division. (They needed 4 boats to qualify for their own start). Tight competition in 3 races on ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 06:50 PM
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    Day One on Charleston Harbor
    1sby Bill Wagner

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – There is no more picturesque sight than Charleston Harbor during the annual regatta that has brought international recognition to this historic city.

    A fleet of almost 260 sailboats in 18 different classes take over almost every inch of the Cooper River and it truly is a sight to behold. With seven different race courses set in various pockets of the harbor, a spectator viewing from land can see colorful billowing sails everywhere they look.

    Sperry Charleston Race Week 2019 got off to a rip roaring start with south-southeasterly winds ranging from 10 to 20 knots allowing organizers to complete four races for most of the classes doing ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 04:23 PM
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    Day three of the Monaco Swan One Design, hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, delivered two races of strikingly different conditions. The consistent 10 – 12 knots from the southwest in the first was in stark contrast to the decreasing, rapidly shifting, breeze in the second. What was unchanged between the two contests was the proximity of competition across the three classes. Mark roundings ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 10:09 AM
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    A Victorian couple and their pet dog, Charlie, have had a lucky escape from a burning yacht in waters off Moreton Island in South-East Queensland on Friday.
    Authorities were alerted to the burning boat on the south-west side of the island just after 5.30am.
    Police ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 09:07 AM
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    Maxime Mesnil (FRA) dominated the Open Division during the second day of racing at the 2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final. In the Women’s Division Nicole Breault (USA) and Pauline Courtois (FRA) continued to rack up wins through the afternoon, sailing into a late afternoon face-off with seven wins each; the eighth was Breault’s.

    Mesnil opened the day winning a tight race ...
    Published on 04-12-2019 08:30 AM
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    FRANCIS JOYON READY TO EXPLORE SOME NEW HORIZONS

    After his incredible victory in the 2018 Route du Rhum, this year, Francis Joyon will be tackling some very different challenges, most of which are brand new. After a tour in the Mediterranean in the spring, he will begin his 2019-2020 IDEC SPORT ASIAN TOUR with a programme including two famous records (The Mauritius record between Port-Louis in Brittany and Mauritius and the Clipper Route between Hong Kong and London), as well as four new courses in the China Sea for which he will set the ...
    Published on 04-11-2019 03:14 PM
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    Team Aqua top scorer on day two of 44Cup Porto Montenegro
    While the sun was out and the rain held off, Porto Montenegro presented a challenging second day of 44Cup racing, starting in 10 knots and building to 20 by the close of play mid-afternoon. A light patch around the committee boat helped create nail-biting photo finishes in two of today's three races.

    Igor Lah's Team CEEREF comfortably won race two and holds the lead overall by two points at this halfway stage of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro.

    Kirill Frolov's Bronenosec Sailing ...
    Published on 04-11-2019 09:20 AM
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    It was picket fences for both French teams – top-ranked Women’s skipper Pauline Courtois and Open Division skipper Maxime Mesnil, as well as defending Nations Cup Women’s Champion Nicole Breault (USA) after the first day of racing at the 2019 World Sailing Nations Cup Grand Final, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club.

    Competition commenced with 10 women’s division teams from around the world facing off in round robin ...
    Published on 04-11-2019 09:00 AM
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    25 IMOCAs competing in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race 2019: a record number of entrants

    On Saturday 3rd August, 25 double-handed crews will set sail from Cowes (Isle of Wight) aboard IMOCAs for the start of the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race, an ocean racing ...